I was born in Buffalo, NY, but moved to Florida at a young age so I'm technically a "Florida Cracker." I grew up in Sarasota (go Pine View Pythons!), went to college in Gainesville (go Gators!), and settled into the Port Charlotte area about 20 years ago (what do we cheer for here anyway?).
When my dreams of becoming a Calvin Klien underwear model fell through (I know...look at me! How could they turn me down?) I fell back on the only thing I've ever been any good at - radio broadcasting (how sad is that??). I joined KIX Country 19 years ago and I've seen a lot of things change in that time. The community around me has changed a lot, and the radio business has changed more than I ever thought possible.
Many locals remember I used to have a radio partner, Bob Alexander. Sadly the shrinking economy forced many businesses, including ours, to downsize and now I'm flying solo. That's one of the changes I could really have done without, honestly. I'm probably not supposed to even say that - but I've always been an open book on the radio and I'm too old and stubborn to stop now. Besides, the boss never reads these things anyway. Really! Watch me thumb my nose at the establishment: hey boss - I've been stealing used coffee filters for years! Wow...getting that off my chest was a thrill.
One of the more positive changes in the radio business has been the opportunity for a little town "deejay" to broadcast to a much larger audience, now that we're "nationwide" on I Heart Radio. Be sure to download the app for your smart-phone or tablet today (Sorry, they make me say that). But it's always a blast to hear from people listening in other parts of the country. Even if most of the time they're contacting me just to let me know how stupid my latest opinion was.
Nowadays I call Deep Creek in Charlotte County home, along with my incredible wife Stephane and our baby-boy (of the furry variety) Tooie - an eight pound Pomeranian.
All in all it's been a crazy ride over the last couple of decades - anyone here during Hurricane Charlie can attest to that! I'm hoping that I'll be able to celebrate my 20th anniversary with this station (in November of 2013), but that largely will depend on the local economy. If things get bettter - I'll still be here, so please go out and buy all the new cars, furniture and mattresses you can afford! The more YOU spend, the more likely there will be a need for me to stay put. So, by all means, run up a butt-load of debt and let's make this thing happen!
Seriously, thank you for a long and rewarding gig so far. And by rewarding I mean mentally, emotionally and even spiritually - but certainly NOT financially. Not a complaint, just a clarification!
Make reservations to celebrate Thanksgiving at the Saltwater Cafe!
Here are your "Nother Chance" numbers for today
6-17-20-21-32 and 49
The Kix Country Holiday Gift Guide Vol. 1
Trace Adkins has just released his first-ever Christmas album, and it's a one of a kind, special project. Adkins pays tribute to a bygone age with this collection of Celtic carols, supported by an all-star cast that includes the Chieftains, The Isaacs, Kevin and Lily Costner and many others. The perfect holiday album if you are looking for a departure from the ordinary!
A date with Shania Twain? Yeah, you wish! Well we can recommend the next best thing....Shania Twain's Still The One Show at the Coliseum in Las Vegas. This multimedia extravaganza has been earning rave reviews, as Shania performs her career spanning hits and fan favorites!
Celebrate the Holiday Season with this special offering from Lady Antebellum..."On This Winter's Night" DVD (Also available on CD)
This album features Lady A. in concert, performing 11 classic holiday songs at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center,and backed by a 40 piece Orchestra!
What a terrific gift for any Country Music Fan! A 12 track 40 year musical chronicle of the Oak Ridge Boys recording career! Enjoy songs like Elvira, American Made, and "How Great Thou Art" The album includes a special recording of "The Star Spangled Banner".
Well, here on the Morning Mystery Game we've gotten some pretty creative and funny answers! Here's a video we found of some of the most hilarious answers on T.V. game shows!
How many times have I been in the kitchen, confronted by frustration that I can't get the jar open, or my eggs run all over the pan? Thank goodness for these handy suggestions! Now I'm like Bobby Flay!....My wife, Stephanie is laughing!
What did I do on my vacation, you ask? I spent a lot of time relaxing and working on worthwhile projects like this!